Recent Fires Still Under Investigation

A Chatham-Kent firetruck, August 11, 2016 (Photo by Jake Kislinsky)

Chatham-Kent fire officials are looking to set up a meeting with Chatham-Kent Police Services to go over the details of a couple of fires that took place over the weekend.

On January 27, a fire at a vacant farm house was reported on Bush Line in Tupperville. The next day on January 28, another fire was reported at another abandoned farm house — this time on Jane Rd., in Thamesville.

The two locations are about 35 km away from each other.

Assistant Fire Chief Ric Scharf says the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigating the fire in Tupperville, so details regarding the cause are unknown.

As for the fire in Thamesville, Scarf says by the time firefighters arrived on scene there was no evidence left to collect.

“The damage was so massive that literally the house burnt down before anyone called it in to say the house was on fire,” he says. “By the time we got there, there was just ground fire basically.”

Scharf says because both of these fires happened at vacant locations, they can rule out accidental causes like hydro or gas.

“We’re going to have some discussions about this because two houses in two nights, both of them vacant — we do have some concerns,” he says.

As a result, residents are being asked to report anything out of the ordinary.

“If everyone could be vigilant and keep an eye out for strange vehicles or people that are in the area and literally write down a licence plate number,” says Scharf. “We would really like to have an extra set of eyes out there.”

It’s not clear when the meeting between fire and police services will take place, but Scharf expects it to happen within the next couple of weeks.